database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available.
American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
What does on standby mean?
| to be waiting for a seat/ticket to become available on a train/plane/bus||We decided to fly to visit my parents on standby.|
Some Random Idioms
|down in the mouth|
What does "down in the mouth" mean?
| depressed and unhappy||My friend looked down in the mouth after he finished work yesterday.|
|pour cold water on (something)|
What does "pour cold water on (something)" mean?
| to discourage something||My boss poured cold water on my idea to change the time of our coffee breaks.|
|dressed to the nines/teeth|
What does "dressed to the nines/teeth" mean?
| to be dressed elegantly||The movie stars were dressed to the nines during the awards ceremony.|
|run (something) into the ground|
What does "run (something) into the ground" mean?
| to use something more than is wanted or needed, to neglect something||He ran his car into the ground and had to buy another one.|
What does "see red" mean?
| to become very angry||My friend saw red last night when I told him about the broken dishes.|
|stick (someone) with (something)|
What does "stick (someone) with (something)" mean?
| to leave someone with an unpleasant task||My friend always sticks me with paying the bill when we go to a restaurant.|
|lay down one's life (for someone or something)|
What does "lay down one's life (for someone or something)" mean?
| sacrifice one's life for someone or something||The young man layed down his life trying to protect the property of his company.|
|throw (someone) a curve|
What does "throw (someone) a curve" mean?
| to confuse someone by doing something unexpected, to pitch a curve ball to someone in baseball||The lawyer threw the witness a curve with his very complex questions.|
|keep on an even keel|
What does "keep on an even keel" mean?
| remain cool and calm||I was very busy with my job and school but I tried very hard to keep on an even keel and get everything done.|
What does "fuck you" mean?
| imp. strong expression of anger directed at someone.|| Fuck you. I'm sick and tired of your shit.|
What does "in detail" mean?
| giving all the details, item by item||I told the police about the events in detail. |
What does "re-up" mean?
| reenlist.|| He re-upped? I thought he wanted out of the army.|
|run low on (something)|
What does "run low on (something)" mean?
| to near the end of a supply of something||We are running low on rice so I must buy some soon.|